-Gregg Dietz (@ChubRockGeek)
Gat out of Hell is the latest game to come from Volition’s long time franchise, Saints Row. Before I get into the review of Gat out of Hell, I’d like to convey my history with the franchise briefly. When the first Saints Row came out, I was very cold to it because it felt like a worse Grand Theft Auto clone. When Saints Row 2 arrived, I was still quite apprehensive due to my distaste of the first. When Saints Row the 3rd hit the shelves, I was hooked within the first 30 minutes, so by the time the 4th was being announced, I was already in it to win it.
The lead in to Gat out of Hell had me very excited. The Saints had conquered so much by this point in the story that Hell only seems like the natural progression. The sarcasm of that sentence may have not been written well but I assure you, it’s there. I thought that this was a very funny and clever way to expand on what had already transpired in the series. Unfortunately, this separate experience leaves a lot to be desired. From the very beginning, it feels like a lazy attempt to make more cash off of what already exist.
This section will contain spoilers. The beginning looks promising, it picks up right after Saints Row 4 ended. The gang is celebrating Kinzie's birthday and someone finds a Ouija board. The board starts spelling things out, right up till a portal to hell opens and sucks the boss in. Johnny Gat and Kinzie leap in to save him after a humorous cut scene. The first few steps in hell is accurate to how hell would look but even the characters notice that it just looks like Steelport, the city from Saint’s Row 3&4.
After starting the first couple missions, you must recruit a few people to help in taking down Satan. Every mission that follows, are the missions in the regular games that were not fun to do. Like battling waves of enemies, defend a thing for an X amount of time, Go to (a) and make it stop doing a thing. All of these missions were tedious and thats all the missions are in Gat out of Hell. I spent a lot of time collecting “souls” (which act the same as Clusters in Saints Row 4) because I was so bored with the story. What makes that so much worse, is it’s only about 4 hours long.
I wanted to really like this game, I was so excited for it but it’s just not worth the money. I would recommend that someone spend the time on searching for a 30 minute video On youtube with all the cutscenes because thats all it’s worth. I’ve been bashing this game for my entire review, let me shine some light on the positive things about it.
The weaponry is clever, everything fits the hell motif and I enjoyed that. Your powers from Saints Row 4 exist but they are all skinned with “hell” powers. This was clever but it still bothered me because it felt lazy. The characters you must recruit are very funny to me, Blackbeard, Vlad the Impaler, and Shakespeare. The first 2 are obvious but the 3rd one is written rather brilliantly. There is a scene where everyone sings that is truly very funny but unfortunately, there is only one scene. I really enjoyed how there were 2 characters to play as, I chose Kinzie because she’s a badass. And as with Saints Row, the control is very solid and gunplay feels right, so no complaint there.
Overall, this game is not worth the $20 price tag. Sure it has an entire city to play around in and have fun but at the end of the day, Saints Row 4 is currently on steam for the same price and its a much better experience. I give Saints Row: Gat out of Hell a 4 outta 10.
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